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Near Death Experiences

Go here to view to two newly added video presentations by Becki Hawkins and Laurin Bellg about near death experiences.

New Poetry

Hywel Davies has added two new poems to our Poetry Page. See the new poems here.

Hearing Voices Exhibition Durham, 5th November 2016

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday
5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017 , 10:00 to 17:00

DENNYSON STODDART AND DURHAM UNIVERSITY GALLERIES

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically treated, and popularly regarded, as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across societies, cultures, and history.

From the revelatory and inspirational voices of medieval mystics to those of imaginary friends in childhood, and from the inner voices of writers as they craft their stories to those we hear as we read them, the exhibition will explore the complexity and diversity of the experience and interpretation of voice-hearing.

The exhibition will explore voice-hearing from personal, scientific, historical, literary and theological perspectives, and investigate different facets of the experience of hearing voices through original artworks, artefacts and narratives from the medieval to modern periods. It will also be accompanied by a linked programme of public events that will include creative workshops, public lectures, panel discussions and events for young people.

More information here

8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress is hosted by REV France, the French Hearing Voices Network

Making History, Owning Our Stories

19 – 22nd October 2016, Paris, France

Programme

Wednesday 19 October – Intervoice Day & Evening Public Event (plenary conference)
Thursday 20 & Friday 21 October – The World Hearing Voices Congress, made exclusively of workshops
Saturday 22nd October – Public Forum
A detailed programme will be available at the end of June.

See: www.paris2016.revfrance.org for up to date information, or e-mail paris2016@revfrance.org

World Hearing Voices Day

World Hearing Voices Day: 14th September

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Message From INTERVOICE

2016 has been a difficult year so far, with many violent actions fuelled by intolerance, hatred and fear. We stand alongside those who have been victimised, hurt, abused, neglected or left feeling like they don’t belong in our society. Without minimising the impact of such events and actions, we have also seen many examples of sharing, connection, hope and courage. We have heard about new groups, new networks and people who are doing their best to create a world where people who hear voices (or have any other form of difference) are accepted and valued for who they are.

Paper LightbulbsWorld Hearing Voices Day celebrates hearing voices as part of the diversity of human experience, increasing awareness of the fact that you can hear voices and be healthy. It challenges the negative attitudes towards people who hear voices and the incorrect assumption that hearing voices, in itself, is a sign of illness.

Inspired by Louise Pembroke, a voice hearer and psychiatric survivor from England, we have celebrated World Hearing Voices Day since 2006. Without core funding, World Hearing Voices Day relies on the creativity, energy and passion of our members. Thankfully, our membership is overflowing with ideas and we have witnessed an impressive array of events and activities across the world. These events have included celebrations, social media campaigns, poetry/music events, conferences, marches, stalls and gatherings.

How are you celebrating World Hearing Voices Day?

For our 2016 World Hearing Voices Day, we want to hear about what you are doing in your part of the world to celebrate the diversity of human experience, to encourage people to talk about voices and visions, and to challenged prejudice and discrimination.

Celebrate with us by:

  • Hosting, or going to, an event (tell us what you’re planning and we’ll promote it)
  • Using the day to talk about ‘hearing voices’. Share some of Intervoice’s essential facts and promote some discussion with friends, colleagues and relatives.
  • Using social media to raise awareness (for example, by tweeting about voices and visions with the hashtag #WorldHearingVoicesDay)
  • Download, and use, our World Hearing Voices Day logos on your website or social media (http://bit.ly/YIcG2o)
  • Take part in Psycope’s one minute silence as a mark of respect to those for whom silence can be hard to find (12pm)
  • Everything you do to help us raise awareness of hearing voices is appreciated – if we all do one small thing we can collectively make a big difference!

Each year, we list all of the events on this website. If you’re planning an event, or want to tell us about something you’ve done to celebrate World Hearing Voices Day, contact us at info@intervoiceonline.org, or join our World Hearing Voices Day Facebook Group.

Lorna Byrne: The Lady Who Sees Angels

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Lorna Byrne is an Irish author and peace ambassador. She is best known for her bestselling memoir, Angels in My Hair: A Message of Hope from the Angels and Love from Heaven

Lorna has been seeing Angels since she was a child, but she only started telling the world about the Angels since 2008.

See the videos about her life and work entitled The Lady Who Sees Angels and Angels in America in our Spirituality Section here.

Gandhi – the hearing of the Voice

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Mahatma Gandhi on hearing the Voice, preceded by great struggle within him, then it came to offer him clear direction of “right path”. His commitment to non-violence enabled him to show the way a huge nation walk to emancipation and independence .

See Recovery Network Toronto where this image originated from.

 

 

Bob Marley – The Voice Inside

There’s a voice inside everyone – Bob Marley

“This is to the people that have a voice inside of them that talk to them, you know, that is the voice that people must listen to, because in everything you gonna do there is a wrong way and a right way, and if you listen good you will know the right way, because there is a voice inside talking to everyone, seen?”

Robert Nesta Marley

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These images and text came from Recovery Network Toronto.

‘At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell

At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell’s pain as his schizophrenia-suffering older brother dies from respiratory collapse aged 62

Read more here

“Alternatives to Psychiatry Are Here to Stay” — New York Times

The New York Times airs criticism of psychiatry, and offers alternatives to it, in an article by Benedict Carey in today’s Health section. An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold brings attention to the proliferation of the Hearing Voices Network, the increasing acceptance of the Open Dialogue approach, and the contribution of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health care has made, saying “For the first time in this country, experts say, psychiatry’s critics are mounting a sustained, broadly based effort to provide people with practical options, rather than solely alleging abuses like overmedication and involuntary restraint.”

New York Times, August 8, 2016

Read article here